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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home Features Western Red Cedar Shake Roof Installed By Smart Roofing, Inc.

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. recently installed this beautiful Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shake roof in Lake Forest. Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shakes are sawn on both sides giving it a look similar to a sawn shingle but … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Avoid Home Damage From Frozen Pipes

As a deep freeze takes hold of the Chicago area (a bit early this year), here are some tips to avoid damage to your home from frozen pipes – and what to do if you are too late. Make sure … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest. As we’ve shown in the past, construction of this Lake Forest custom home is progressing from rough finishes to intricate, one-of-a-kind details. This month, … Continue reading

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Smart Roofing, Inc. replaces 90-year-old Lake Forest Ludowici Clay Tile Roof

Smart Roofing, Inc., a Ludowici Crown Roofer, recently replaced the 90-year-old Ludowici Brittany shingle clay tile roof on this Lake Forest home. A dramatic textured terra cotta tile in irregular lengths with the feel of aged stone, Brittany shingle roof … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest.  Construction of this Lake Forest custom home is progressing from rough finishes to intricate, one-of-a-kind details.  Designed by H. Gary Frank Architects, these pictures … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Get Your Home Ready For Fall

  You’re already drinking hot cocoa and pumpkin spice lattes, but is your home prepared for the onset of cold weather? Use this checklist of fall home maintenance tips to ensure that your home is as ready as you are … Continue reading

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Smart Roofing, Inc. – Coming Soon to St. Charles

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are pleased to enhance a home in St. Charles with the GAF Glenwood®Lifetime Designer Shingles from the GAF Ultra-Premium Collection. Read more here: http://www.smartroofers.com/smart-roofing-inc-coming-soon-to-st-charles-gaf-glenwoodlifetime-designer-shingles/

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Smart Builders – Bathroom Tile Trend – Cement?

Tile is one of the best materials for bathroom design because it’s resistant to moisture and easy to maintain. However, even in the world of tile, some choices are better suited for bathrooms than others. Your bathroom floor has to … Continue reading

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Smart Roofing, Inc. Installs Standing Seam Roof in Highland Park

The roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. have recently installed a standing seam metal roof system in Highland Park, Illinois. A standing seam metal roof system is a succession of vertical sheet metal panels connected side-by-side by a vertical locking … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Home Improvement and House Design Ideas – Roof Tiles: Concrete vs. Clay

If you love the distinct and attractive look of roof tiles, then you are among a growing number of homeowners who pick tiles as the roofing material of choice. While initially tile roofs can be a costly investment, especially if … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Arlington Heights Custom Home Completed

Smart Builders recently completed this 4500 square foot custom home in Arlington Heights, and it’s ready for the homeowners to move right in! This home features Brookhaven By Wood-Mode custom cabinetry from Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath, Miele and Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances, … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Decor Trends in Copper & Bronze

Metals have always been an important element in home décor; not only because of that special shine it adds to the room, but also for the added touch of glamour and distinction. Metals are also used frequently because of its … Continue reading

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Smart Builders Project Featured By Wood-Mode

Smart Builders and Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath are featured in Wood-Mode’s Perspective, Traditional Design for the 21st Century. The Perspective was designed with the premise of luxury and American tradition in mind, giving readers an insider’s look into the changing … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress – 2nd Floor

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest. Construction of this Lake Forest custom home is moving up to the second floor.  These pictures show the floor joists being installed for the … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home – From The Ground Up

The Foundation A proper foundation does more than just hold a house above ground. It also keeps out moisture, insulates against the cold, and resists movement of the earth around it. Oh, and one more thing: It should last forever. … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress

  Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest. So far, you’ve seen deconstruction, demolition, and  foundation walls… now we’re installing the structural steel!   Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a … Continue reading

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Smart Builders -A visit to RH – A One-of-a-kind Residential and Retail Experience

“If you haven’t heard about it yet, you will; and it’s definitely worth the trip! It’s a spectacular space.” Richard Bondarowicz, Principal, Smart Builders, commenting on a recent visit to RH Chicago, The Gallery at the Three Arts Club. Last week … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Glenview Custom Home In Progress

  per·go·la – “A pergola is an outdoor structure consisting of a roofing grid of beams and rafters. This roofing grid may be left open or covered so as to create an area sheltered from the elements. Pergolas may be freestanding or … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Arlington Heights Custom Home In Progress – Installation of Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete can be a great alternative to using other materials to achieve a sophisticated look. Commonly used for patios, sidewalks, and driveways, stamped concrete can look like brick, cobblestone, or slate.   Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest.  You’ve seen the deconstruction and the demolition… now we’re getting ready for the foundation walls! Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a new … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Step #6 – Steps To Building A New Home

In our continuation of the series of Steps To Building A New Home, this week: Accept the inevitable.  You’ve made the plans, have the permits, and secured the loan; now the only thing left to do is build your house. … Continue reading

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Smart Construction Group – Insurance Restoration Work in Arlington Heights

FROM ANOTHER SATISFIED CUSTOMER… 09-08-15 Smart Group, I wanted to thank you for the insurance work you did on my house this summer. Pete, thank you for seeing the big picture on what I really needed done and introducing me … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Step #5 – Steps To Building A New Home

In our continuation of the series of Steps To Building A New Home, this week: Plan, plan and plan some more. Every large-scale construction project has this one thing in common. The owner, whether a private developer, government agency or … Continue reading

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Smart Builders Goes Green With DECONSTRUCTION

What is Deconstruction? Deconstruction is an environmentally-friendly alternative to full demolition of a home or building. Trained deconstruction crews carefully deconstruct the building to salvage as many of the reusable materials as possible, diverting them from local landfills. Salvaged materials … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Step #4 – Steps To Building A New Home

In our continuation of the series of Steps To Building A New Home, this week: Assemble a team. While you might think you can go it alone, assembling a team of tried and true professionals is the better approach. An … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Step #3 – Steps To Building A New Home

In our continuation of the series of Steps To Building A New Home, this week:  Find some land (or a neglected older house). Where do you want to be? How do you want to live? What are you looking for? … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Step #2 – Steps To Building A New Home

In our continuation of the series of Steps To Building A New Home, this week we’ll discuss Establishing A Budget. While a budget should be in any goal statement, it’s such a key piece of the project that it’s included here … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Steps To Building A New Home

Building a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s more than building “3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms.” It’s much more than just … Continue reading

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Smart Builders – Glenview Custom Home In Progress

Been wondering how Smart Builders – Glenview custom home project is coming along?  Here’s a view leading up to today!

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Smart Builders – Glenview Custom Home In Progress

Excavation, footing framing, drain tile, and gravel placement. – Next up, the foundation walls!    

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